Well, yes, <seg> CAN be used like that, to cover all sorts of edge cases. (Though you may find it needs to be wrapped up in a <p> or something similar).
But if you;re interested in marking up the liturgy semantically, why not do the job properly, using <sp> and <p> and <lg> for the various scripted parts, and <stage> for the "directions" ? Alternatively, you could use <note>, perhaps with a @type attribute to indicate that it's an instruction. Either of these options has the advantage that it can appear within or between paragraphs.

On 03/04/17 16:57, Hayim Lapin wrote:
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Hello all,

A colleague working on liturgical texts (in fact, seasonably appropriate: the text for the passover seder) asked how her group might encode liturgical instructions ("here the cup is raised"; "In X circumstances the following is recited").

I suggested <seg> using @type and @subtype attributes as necessary to specify further.  However, my guess is that there are people on this list who have far more experience than me with this sort of thing.

Any suggestions?
Many thanks,
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